Ultrasound and X-ray Services for Pets
In the world of veterinary medicine, successful treatment relies upon an accurate diagnosis. The examination can reveal much about your pet’s current condition but often more in-depth approaches are required. Ultrasound and X-ray services are just some of the diagnostics tools we use here at Cobequid Animal Hospital. We have veterinarians on our team who specialize in ultrasounds (as well as radiology and other diagnostics). We have a modern radiology unit available at all times and maintain the high safety and quality control standards required by the AAHA. Our Registered Veterinary Technicians are all qualified X-ray technicians. Please don’t hesitate to call us at (902) 865-8110 to learn more about these and other technologies used at our practice.
What other diagnostics tools do you have?
Aside from ultrasonography, our hospital offers laboratory testing (in-house blood chemistry testing) and endoscopy. These are other examples of the diagnostic tools we use to assess the functioning of your pet’s internal organs.
What is an ultrasound for pets?
Commonly referred to as ultrasound, ultrasonography uses sound waves as a non-invasive means to get an actual look at what is going on inside your pet’s body. Ultrasonography is an invaluable tool in veterinary medicine. It is also tolerated well with patients, as it is non-invasive and usually completed in 30-45 minutes.
When would my pet need an ultrasound?
If your pet is pregnant, has a tumour/cancer, or is experiencing problems with their internal organs, your veterinarian may request an ultrasound for a closer inspection. Ultrasounds can also be used to guide biopsies. An ultrasound is often recommended when a pet has abnormal values in their bloodwork or an X-ray that requires follow up. The images from the ultrasound can be superior to that of X-ray as it can provide better visualization of internal organ tissue and fluid. Often times, radiology (X-ray) and ultrasonography work wonderfully together to form a complete picture of what is going on inside your pet.
What is an X-ray for pets?
Veterinarians will recommend X-rays for analysing foreign objects, bones and other hard-surfaced parts of your pet’s body.
When would my pet need an x-ray?
Your pet may need to have an X-ray done if they accidentally swallowed a foreign object (happens more often than you think!) or if they have a broken bone or torn ligament.